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Midway Campaign

DOS - 1983

Also available on: Apple II - Atari 8-bit - Commodore 64 - VIC-20

Alt names ミッドウェイ海戦, Midway Kaisen
Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact), Naval, Wargame, World War II
Publisher Avalon Hill Game Company, The
Developer Microcomputer Games, Inc.
Perspective Text-based / Spreadsheet
4 / 5 - 15 votes

Description of Midway Campaign

One of the oldest naval wargames ever made, Avalon Hill's Battle for Midway (a.k.a. Midway Campaign) is a very primitive ASCII wargame written entirely in BASIC that simulates the battle of Midway Island in World War II.

You must type in commands similar to text adventures, and there's no campaign mode to speak of. You can control either the Japanese fleet (including carriers Asagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, and Zuiho) or American (including carriers Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown, and Midway). At the end of battle, the game will report whether any carrier has been lost, and how many planes on either side are shot down, as well as a bottom-line report of which side won the tactical victory.

Overall, Battle for Midway is probably too primitive to hold anyone's interest for long, but it serves as a good history lesson of how wargames of the past are programmed... this being a BASIC program, you can "hack" the game pretty quickly to see how it was made ;)

Note: Additional comments from M.E. Brooks' synopsis: "an operational/strategic simulation of the Midway Campaign, this game was one of the first Midway computer versions. Using an X-Y axis to depict operations during the battle gave an adequate challenge in 1980, but its design parameters were soon revealed to be obsolete."

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Bartislartfast 2022-05-01 2 points

Simple but very addicting. Have played this probably a hundred times over the years. Send out your planes then comes the nail-biting wait. No two games play out the same.

collin 2018-01-26 0 point

Hey, Creativeguy,

If you download it, you can get into the quick basic files. They are appended ".BAS." And it's total spaghetti code, without comments. But cool.

Mr. Spridget 2016-08-21 0 point

You can also do "What If" scenarios by going into the program and changing the number of planes on each carrier. For example, the Navy used a 25 / 50 / 25 ratio of fighters, dive bombers and torpedo planes. Later, they switched to a 40 / 40 / 20 ration. Or you can put up a 100 F4F CAP.

CreativeGuy 2016-07-29 1 point

Is the code to this available anywhere? I want to teach my nephew how the code works - see if he can rewrite it in python.

RSJREV 2015-09-14 0 point

I agree that it is primitive, but it still portrays the Battle of Midway well.

zorkman 2015-08-12 0 point

Very dated, & early wargame.

kevnifico 2014-08-10 -1 point DOS version

Any way that midway campaign can run on a kidle fire hdx?

Darkguardian1314 2012-08-13 1 point DOS version

I used to play this game on the TRS-80 in the library. I had to type out the basic code and save it on a cassette tape. It's been over 27 years but I got the hang of it again. Thanks.

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